FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Eddie Kindle last week sent out another Stranger Danger notice to parents about a stranger approaching a student – the fourth in the past month.
Kindle’s letter was to make parents aware of an incident reported October 30 by an Atlantis High School student.
At about 4 p.m. the student was walking north on Graham Road from Beveridge Road where the school is located. A stranger who approached the student was described as an older white male with dark/gray hair who was driving a four-door white van. He was alone in the vehicle.
The student declined a ride but the stranger continued to follow, offering a ride for a second time. At this point, the student ran to the Flint Township McCarty Library on Graham Road.
Flint Township Police were immediately contacted and are investigating this and all previously reported incidents.
C-A students also reported stranger danger incidents on October 2, 17 and 20.
On, Friday, October 20, two high school students and one middle school student said they were walking to the bus stop when approached by a stranger at about 6:45 a.m. on Sun Terrace Drive (near Dye and Beecher roads). The students said the stranger was standing in a ditch, dressed in dark clothing, and followed them back to their home.
In an incident reported to happen at about 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, a student reported being approached by two strangers at a bus stop near Court Street and Yorktown Drive. The student described them as two males riding in a red pickup truck. The strangers questioned the student who ran home but was followed by the men who then reportedly pounded on the door of the home,.
A fourth incident was reported on October 2 in which a middle-school student was approached by a white male in a white car bearing an Ohio license plate. That incident was said to happen at about 7:05 a.m. at a bus stop at Mandeville and Phillips streets. The stranger offered a ride, which the student declined then ran home.
In each of his notices, Kindle asked parents and guardians to teach children how to stay safe and respond in situations in which they feel threatened.
“We want to keep our students safe and aware of the possible dangerous situations that can occur within our community,” he said. “Please talk to your children about strangers, the importance of being aware of their surroundings, and when possible, the value in always walking with others.”
Kindle also said that all building administrators, district staff and bus drivers are aware of the situations and take them seriously.
Any questions or concerns should be addressed to the school principal. Suspicious activity or information regarding these incidents should be reported to Flint Township Police at 810-600-3250.
In recent weeks, several other stranger danger incidents have been reported by school districts in Genesee County. — Rhonda Sanders